I think I enjoyed this book more then the 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I definitely read it faster, in fact I started it around 8PM and didn't put it dowI think I enjoyed this book more then the 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I definitely read it faster, in fact I started it around 8PM and didn't put it down until I was finished the book at 6AM.
Somewhat similar to 13LBE, the first half of the book doesn't seem to have anything remotely important going on. A lot of character development that sometimes seems like filler, but much turns out to be relatively important later on in the book. In 13LBE, MJ's voice is very clear and relatively lighthearted throughout the novel that makes 13LBE even more enjoyable. The 'voice' in TNOTS is very different and carries on a serious nature that invoked much page turning despite the fact that I kept telling myself I would go to bed 'right after this chapter.'
I liked Rory's character a lot - I liked pretty much all of them actually. Some I felt were mostly background characters that weren't given much page space and depth, but I liked them enough to not grow bored of the slightly slower learning-who-the-characters-are-through-the-main-character's-eyes part of the book. I didn't read up on the book before I got it either, I only knew that it was a Jack the Ripper novel, so I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of the ghosts. I had a terrifying moment at about 3:30AM while reading it because two of the bells on my Christmas tree in the window just fell with a loud jingle for no reason whatsoever and as I was reading a book with murdering ghosts, I felt compelled to whisper 'please don't do that' before crawling back under the covers to keep reading....more
When I first saw this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about children and people from carnival side shows, or a fake memoir of the same subjeWhen I first saw this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about children and people from carnival side shows, or a fake memoir of the same subject. It is not, however the photos laced throughout the book are authentic, which makes the book particularly interesting as you go through.
I really like the beginning and body of the book, there's a lot of build up to the end, which is quick, so if you're a fan of endings you may be disappointed. The body itself I thoroughly enjoyed, I liked hearing about the different children and their abilities, though I would have liked to know more about their pasts and how they arrived at Miss Peregrine's establishment, which was only briefly skimmed over near the end or how they had even heard of it in the first place as children. There will be a second book though, so I'm hoping more is explained there, but overall I enjoyed the book a lot....more
I liked this book better then the first. It had a little bit faster pace and seemed to have a broader aspect of the characters. It was amusing to seeI liked this book better then the first. It had a little bit faster pace and seemed to have a broader aspect of the characters. It was amusing to see Artemis outside of his house and in action since he clearly wasn't use to it....more
I've known of this book for years, but never picked it up. I remember my childhood friends all reading this, but it hadn't sounded interesting to me aI've known of this book for years, but never picked it up. I remember my childhood friends all reading this, but it hadn't sounded interesting to me at the time. With a break between college reading, I figured I'd use it as a light read. And I really liked the book! I thought the characters were fun and interesting and the little quirks between the characters were amusing. I think this series is a good book for young teenagers who love fantasy and the idea of criminal acts intriguing. My favorite character is Butler and I hope he's in the rest of the series....more
In Jonas' world, everything is the same. There is no pain, there is no problems, your emotion of the day is talked over dinner and your life job is giIn Jonas' world, everything is the same. There is no pain, there is no problems, your emotion of the day is talked over dinner and your life job is given to you on the day you become a Twelve.
This book is on nearly every school reading list, yet I somehow missed it growing up. I've recommended it to kids who have choices on their lists because I've heard good things but have never read it before. It was on display at work and with nothing better to do, I picked it up to read. I went in completely not knowing what the book was about and was happily surprised that it was a dystopian novel, which I love to read. Novels like this make my brain gears turn and I often have to spend a few hours afterwards just thinking on the material that I've taken in. This book definitely had this aspect and I couldn't put it down (I was up until 2AM because I just had to finish).
I enjoyed nearly every page, and was fascinated with the thought of not knowing things that we take for granted such as snow, hills, or even color. The lack, not only of knowledge, but concept is an interesting thing to talk about.
I was a little disappointed by the quick ending though. The adventure to the end is important, but the reader is left to think up their own ending. Would you choose a happy ending, or sad one? For both Jonas and The Giver.
Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to picking up another novel of hers soon....more
The beginning of this book was good, the setting was interesting. However, as I continued to read, I found myself thinking that this book would have bThe beginning of this book was good, the setting was interesting. However, as I continued to read, I found myself thinking that this book would have been better as an adult novel or at least have a much higher rating to be whole. A lot of places in it seemed lacking because it's written for young teens. I also thought the ending was a little weak, but I think that young teens would enjoy this novel very much....more
I liked this book, though it felt like a slow read in a quick book. The narrative made me feel like it was being read to me on the front porch of someI liked this book, though it felt like a slow read in a quick book. The narrative made me feel like it was being read to me on the front porch of someone's house in the deep south on a hot summer day. I enjoyed it, but the build up was slow and the end was too fast.
Though not an original tale of openings to other worlds, the story still caught my attention and I will probably read the next book as well....more
I saw this book on display in a bookstore while I was in NY and reserved a copy at the library the dayI'm a cover shopper, and not always proud of it.
I saw this book on display in a bookstore while I was in NY and reserved a copy at the library the day I got back home without any knowledge of what the book was about. I didn't even know whether the protagonist was a boy or girl when I first grabbed it. Usually the books I read have a female protagonist (not on purpose, it just happens that way), so I was surprised that I'd picked one up with a male protagonist. I think that may have been a small problem in my enjoyment of the book; I'm not use to reading from a boy/man's point of view. The story was very interesting, but sometimes I felt like I had to drag myself through it. The way the words were twisted together were appealing in the beginning, but I feel they faded in the middle of the book.
I would probably give the book a 3.5 if I could. I didn't dislike it, but didn't really love it....more
When these books first came out, I was reluctant to read them. I suspected that - because of the covers - the books were the type of books I didn't caWhen these books first came out, I was reluctant to read them. I suspected that - because of the covers - the books were the type of books I didn't care to read: stories of preppy, perfect girls and rejects. I had read Westerfeld's series The Midnighters, but none of his other series. A year after I read The Midnighters, I finally took Uglies out from the library with a sense of 'what the hell, I have nothing else to read.' Within the first few pages, I was drawn into a story of not only interesting characters, but a world I wish actually existed. To me, the worlds feel like a video game. There's the straight passage that gets you through the level's quickest, but there's also hidden areas for side games that you want to explore before you get to the end. When I finished the series, I wanted more. Not with the characters, but with the world itself.
I enjoyed the way each character is written. I don't necessarily like the main characters throughout the series, but I appreciate the way they were written. Tally Youngblood, for example. I enjoyed her character in the beginning, but - per the story line - her personality changed with each book. It was consistent, and accurate with the world, but at the same time, I grew to dislike her personality, but NOT her as a character. Westerfeld wrote each character in a way that you could truly appreciate each one. In fact, when one died, I was so upset that I spent two whole weeks debating whether or not the last book was even worth reading because I knew that character wouldn't be in it and I was so upset about their death. I ended up opening to a random page to skim and found that the author had unknowingly preyed on my love of anything Japanese, for the characters in the last book are, indeed, Japanese. Mentally shaking my fist at Mr. Westerfeld, I took it up and instantly fell in love with the world he writes all over again. The world leaves you day dreaming for eye scanners and your very own hover cam named Moggle. The world of EXTRAS was most definitely my favorite, but the little things in the first three that make you think on how our own world - the world of the Rusties - truly is. They give a whole new outlook on 'beauty' and the way someone who does not live like us would really see us. Absolutely fascinating.
I highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys reading and entering new worlds....more
I've been putting off this series for so long and I regret it! Because I love it! I read the Midnighters ages ago, but I only recently picked up the UI've been putting off this series for so long and I regret it! Because I love it! I read the Midnighters ages ago, but I only recently picked up the Uglies.
Set in a futuristic world, people are operated on when they turn 16 that takes away physical differences and makes everyone 'Pretty' by making them the ideal beauty. Before you turn 16, you're an 'Ugly'. Tally is a daring Ugly who likes playing tricks on her elders and spy on the Pretties. She wants to be a Pretty more then anything, but after her Ugly friend Shay runs away, she's blackmailed into making a choice: betray her friend, or stay Ugly forever.
I love Scott Westerfeld's unique concepts in his books, and this one doesn't disappoint. I love the outlook the book gives on beauty. Especially when she looks at the older magazines and commenting on the fashion models and hearing what someone else might view our way of living right now. I can't wait to get my hands on the second book!...more
I really wanted to love this book. I thought the story was interesting, as were the chracters. I couldn't get over the fact that Patterson writes likeI really wanted to love this book. I thought the story was interesting, as were the chracters. I couldn't get over the fact that Patterson writes like an adult who is trying too hard to write with a teenagers voice. It didn't come up a lot, but it was enough to notice and stop me from giving the book four stars. There are also a lot of chapters in this book and each are only two pages long, which was strange to continually come across a break.
Don't let a three star discourage you from reading this. I did enjoy the book a lot, though it truely is half a book and I wasn't pleased with the sudden end or the happenings at the end. Will probably pick up the second when I get through my current list....more